Roberto Orci Lobbying to Direct STAR TREK 3 as Film Partnership with Alex Kurtzman Ends

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For better or worse, the writing duo of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman has been responsible for some of the biggest franchise hits of the past decade.  Orci and Kurtzman penned the scripts for the first two Transformers films, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible III, and they were recently brought into the Spider-Man franchise as the scribes behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 3.  However, it appears that the two have decided to part ways in the feature world as they have their eyes on making the move to director—separately.

Kurtzman already has one feature under his belt as director, the 2012 dramedy People Like Us, but Orci is thinking big for his directorial debut as he is currently vying to take over for J.J. Abrams on Star Trek 3.  More after the jump.

Stephen Collins Talks NBC’s REVOLUTION, Making BREWSTER’S MILLIONS with Richard Pryor, and STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE at WonderCon

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Earlier today, right before Stephen Collins took the WonderCon stage to promote NBC’s Revolution, I was able to participate in a group interview backstage.  While I’m sure NBC wanted me to focus on the show, with Collin’s great resume, I had to ask about some of his previous projects like Brewster’s Millions with Richard Pryor and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  Thankfully, Collins was more than happy to talk about both, revealing what it was like working with Pryor and what DeForest Kelly told him while making Star Trek.  In addition, Collins talked about Star Trek’s reception at the box office and with critics.   Of course, he also talked about what fans can look forward to on the last four episodes of Revolution, teasing a huge action set piece on a steam train and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Potent Potables: GAME OF THRONES, STAR TREK, and THE WALKING DEAD Beers Hit the Market

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I love beer, I love television, and I love creative cross-over marketing, so today’s bit of offbeat news is my holy trinity.  Some of these brews have been around for a while and others are being released this very weekend!  Here they are at a glance:

  • Game of Thrones – Ommegang Brewery has already churned out the Iron Throne blonde ale, and the Take the Black Stout for past seasons of HBO’s hit show, but their latest effort, Fire and Blood red ale, will release on March 31st.  Season four debuts Sunday April 6th.
  • Star Trek – The first official Star Trek beer, Klingon Warnog, will be brewed by the Indiana-based Tin Man Brewing Co.  You can only drink this dunkelweizen if you’ve successfully performed the Rite of Ascension and endured torture by painstiks.
  • The Walking Dead – Just in time for the season four finale of AMC’s hit series is this new brainy brew from Dock Street Brewing Co. in Philly.  This Walker’s an American Pale Stout brewed with smoked goat brains. YUP!

Hit the jump for more information on each of these delicious drinks.

Two New VFX Featurettes for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Courtesy of ILM

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ILM has released two new VFX featurettes for Star Trek Into Darkness, which is on the short list for a Visual Effects Oscar.  The first one is more of a montage of VFX shots that takes viewers behind the scenes of the opening action sequence that takes place on the vibrantly colored planet that just so happens to house an active volcano, a breakdown of the Enterprise’s hangar, and a wormhole space chase.  The second video takes a more in-depth look into the action sequence on the red planet, so keep an eye out for future featurettes that further explore the movie’s most intense scenes.  Hit the jump to watch.

Anton Yelchin Talks BURYING THE EX, Working with Joe Dante, and the Tone of the Film; Plus His Thoughts on Getting a New Director for STAR TREK 3

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Earlier this week I had the opportunity to visit the set of Joe Dante‘s new film Burying the Ex, a horror comedy about Max (Anton Yelchin), a nice guy who moves in with his girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene) only to find she’s a controlling nightmare.  He’s saved the burden of a nasty breakup when she dies in a freak accident, and soon after meets the girl of his dreams (Alexandra Daddario).  Everything seems hunkydory until Evelyn returns from the grave, crazy as ever and now with added undead super strength!  As a huge fan of Dante’s I was excited to get an early look at what the film has to offer and speak with some of the folks involved.  Though the film is already in production Dante and co have mounted a crowdfunding campaign through FundAnything to help with post-production and distribution.  There are some damn cool rewards on the table including exclusive footage, screening invites, and even lunch with Mr. Dante himself.  You can check out the official page here.

While on set I sat down for an interview with Yelchin.  He talked about what attracted him to the script, working with Joe Dante, learning about the horror genre, and what audiences can expect from Burying the Ex.  He also briefly touched on his feelings about getting a new director for Star Trek 3.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Alice Eve and Stanley Tucci Talk SOME VELVET MORNING, Making a Movie in One Space with Two Actors, 1:30 TRAIN, CATCHING FIRE and More

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WARNING: The only way to experience the full effect of Some Velvet Morning, is to walk into the film knowing nothing at all. You have been warned.

After putting colossal productions like Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on their resumes, Alice Eve and Stanley Tucci opted to do a complete 180 with Neil LaBute’s Some Velvet Morning.  Eve and Tucci are the only two actors in the film, the entire narrative plays out in a single location and in real time, over the course of 83 minutes.  Hit the jump for more.

Joe Cornish No Longer in the Running to Direct STAR TREK 3

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While the next Star Trek sequel continues to move towards a possible 2014 production start-date, it appears that the director search is far from over.  Reports have swirled for months that Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish was the frontrunner to take over as director of the franchise while J.J. Abrams is busy with Star Wars: Episode VII, and Abrams himself acknowledged Cornish’s involvement in a recent interview, noting that he hoped the filmmaker’s next project would be Trek 3.  Well it appears that the pairing is not meant to be, as a new report reveals that Cornish is no longer involved in negotiations pertaining to Star Trek 3.  Hit the jump for more.

STAR TREK 3 News: Screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay Join Roberto Orci Sans Alex Kurtzman

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Although we still haven’t heard any official word on whether or not Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) will direct Paramount/Skydance’s Star Trek 3, it appears that a trio of writers have been hired to tackle the script.  Newcomers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will join Roberto Orci for the task.  That last name isn’t new, as Orci and his writing partner Alex Kurtzman have written the last two Star Trek movies (along with Damon Lindelof).  The catch this time is that Kurtzman will, reportedly, not be involved, making Orci the main force behind the script.  Hit the jump for more.

J.J. Abrams Says He Regrets Hiding the STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Khan Reveal; Talks Joe Cornish Directing TREK 3

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While this year’s sequel Star Trek Into Darkness was a sizable commercial success and garnered mostly positive reviews from critics, many longtime Trek fans weren’t so keen on director J.J. Abrams’ follow-up.  One of the key criticisms launched at Into Darkness was its heavy riffing on previous Trek film Wrath of Khan, specifically Abrams and Co.’s coyness about the true identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s villainous character.  The team wanted to keep the film’s Big Bad a surprise until opening weekend, and they went to great lengths to conceal the fact that Cumberbatch was indeed playing Khan.

Abrams is currently knee-deep in pre-production on Star Wars: Episode VII, but he recently spoke frankly about Star Trek Into Darkness, admitting that they probably should’ve been honest with fans by confirming that Khan was in the film.  Moreover, he addressed the possibility of Joe Cornish taking the helm of Star Trek 3.  Hit the jump to read on.

DVD/Blu-ray Deals on STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION

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Amazon’s Gold Box deal of the day is up to 66% off Star Trek: The Original Series and Next Generation on DVD and Blu-ray.  Like all Gold Box deals, they’re only good while supplies last or until midnight tonight.  So don’t wait too long.

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ATTACK THE BLOCK Director Joe Cornish Eyed to Helm STAR TREK 3; Summer 2014 Shoot Planned

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While we certainly haven’t been short on news regarding the very busy schedule J.J. Abrams has in front of him with regards to Star Wars: Episode VII, the filmmaker has also been juggling producing duties on the next installment of Star Trek at the same time.  Abrams’ Episode VII schedule prevents him from directing Star Trek 3, but he’s staying involved with the franchise as the producer of the Into Darkness follow-up, and now it appears that Abrams and his team are zeroing in on who will take over as the director of the Trek franchise.  The exciting contender for the job is Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish.  Hit the jump for more.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Blu-ray Review

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When Star Trek Into Darkness came out it got a 87% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and was generally well received on the road to making over two hundred million dollars domestically, and nearly half a billion worldwide.  At a recent Star Trek convention, it was ranked the worst Trek movie, which means some fans think it’s worse than Star Trek: Nemesis or Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.  Now that it’s on home video, perhaps there’s a more rational approach to the film, which stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and Benedict Cumberbatch.  My review of Star Trek Into Darkness follows after the jump.

Roberto Orci Has Met with CBS to Discuss a New Televised STAR TREK Series

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Earlier this year, I watched Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for the first time, and it got me thinking how it would be great if there were a new Star Trek series on TV.  Then I remembered the franchise was in the hands of J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman, and I got sad because, to put it as mildly as possible, I am not a fan of what they’ve done with the franchise.  But it’s a valuable property, it originated on TV, and Paramount has a channel they could stick it on (CBS).  I’m slightly surprised nothing started brewing after the 2009 movie was a hit, but now something Trek-related might be boldly going to the small screen.

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Awesome Blu-ray/DVD Deal on the First 6 STAR TREK Movies

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If you’re a Star Trek fan and don’t yet own the first six films on DVD or Blu-ray, you’re about to buy them.  That’s because Amazon’s Gold Box deal of the day are the first six films, plus the Captain’s Summit Bonus Disc, for either $21.49 on DVD (57% off) or $29.99 (65% off) on Blu-ray.  Like all Gold Box deals, it’s only good while supplies last or midnight tonight so don’t wait.  Here are the links.

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J.J. Abrams Says the STAR TREK Video Game “Arguably Hurt” STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

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Despite raking in a worldwide gross of $465 million and nabbing an 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, Star Trek Into Darkness has been facing some considerably loud negativity over the past few months.  Of course it doesn’t help when one of the writer/producers lambasts fans with a “fuck you” or when Paramount botches the Blu-ray release by spreading the special features out over various separate “exclusive” retail versions, but now director J.J. Abrams has spoken up about a different aspect of the film’s release that he felt personally affronted by: the loosely-related video game Star Trek.  Hit the jump for his surprising comments on why the game “hurt” Into Darkness.

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